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Liberals, Conservatives playing in politically ‘dangerous field’ by using racism as tool to mobilize their support bases, says Nanos

By Abbas Rana      

But Liberal and Conservative MPs vehemently deny their parties are playing politics with the racism and immigration issues. Grit MP Bill Casey, who's been in the House for more than two decades, says he's never seen this kind of racism before.

Anti-immigration groups, pictured on Dec. 8, 2018, on the Hill, protested against Canada signing the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, and clashed with pro-immigration groups. The UN Global Compact lays out a collaborative approach to dealing with growing global migration. Nik Nanos says federal politicians are playing a dangerous game by stoking racism. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The governing Liberals and opposition Conservatives are playing in a politically dangerous field by using the divisive issue of racism as a tool to mobilize their support bases for the next election, which could backfire resulting in “mutually assured destruction” for both federal parties, says a leading political analyst.

Abbas Rana

Abbas Rana is the assistant deputy editor of The Hill Times.
- arana@hilltimes.com


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